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2018-19 was an unusually challenging period for CCA. The year began with Ross Birrell’s The Transit of Hermes, part of Glasgow International 2018, which, with almost 7000 visitors, was our most popular exhibition in recent years. Next in our gallery programme came Jonas Staal’s The Scottish-European Parliament, a two-year collaboration imagining a new relationship between Scotland and the EU. The exhibition opened on the evening of 15 June 2018, the same day that a devastating fire occurred in the neighbouring Glasgow School of Art and the O2 ABC music venue.

Following the fire, a safety cordon was set up on Sauchiehall Street and CCA would remain closed for four months, with no access to the building, unknown timelines for reopening and 400 events cancelled, postponed or moved to new venues across the city. This unexpected closure led to a difficult and uncertain time for the organisation, and we are so grateful to the funders, partners, cultural tenants, press, artists and audiences who offered such incredible support throughout.

We opened our doors to the public again in October 2018 and a busy period of rescheduling postponed events and exhibitions began. In December we had a huge reopening party, which saw the building reach full capacity for most of the night, while the hosting of cancelled events from the closure continued well into the spring. The public demonstrated an unwavering belief in the importance of CCA. This allowed everyone involved in the organisation – staff, artists, programme partners, funders and audiences – to reclaim the space as a busy arts venue for all of us.

Thank you.

In 2018-19 CCA had:

202,082 admissions to the building.
17,302 visitors to our six main gallery exhibitions.
537 people participating in 19 activities in our public engagement programme.
40,698 admissions across 958 events and 20 festival with 207 programme partners.

The full CCA Annual Review 2018-19 is available to download via the links on the left, or here.